Parenting Book Reviews

Table of Contents


Pre-pregnancy Books

Pregnancy Books

Nutrition in Pregnancy

Pregnancy for Fathers

Baby Name Books

Birth guidebooks

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Infants & Toddlers


Sleep Problems

Child Rearing & Discipline

Preschool-aged children

Young school-aged children

Teenaged children

Learning disabilities and ADHD

Medical Information & Nutrition

Life Style Choices

Death and Children

Boys/Girls: "Gender" issues

Miscellaneous Books

Other Media

Sources & Acknowledgements

Paula Burch's Home Page

Reviews of Books About Life Style Choices

Dombro, Amy Laura and Bryan, Patty: _Sharing the Caring_. 1991; Simon & Schuster/Fireside. [OOP; try your library or perhaps amazon]
A good book on this subject [dealing with baby doing 'firsts at daycare, etc.] --Carol Barclay [from a post]

Darrell Sifford: The Only Child [sources incl. amazon]
We were considering this decision several years ago. When my husband and I were trying to decide, we read [this] great book It was an excellent book - dispelling many of the only child myths and making it seem like an OK decision. --Jeanie Vella [from a post]

My One and Only [author?] [OOP; try your library or perhaps amazon]
Adds to the list of advantages and disadvantages... It was a good book on the whole but the thing that surprised me was that after dispelling the myths that onlies are spoiled, lonely, unsociable etc., the author says she wished she were NOT an only child in the last chapter! --Michelle Parks [from a post]

Toni Falbo ed.: The Single child family

Sharryl Hawke/David Knox: One child by choice 1977. [OOP; try your library or perhaps amazon]

Kris Kline and Stephen Pew, Ph.D.: _For the Sake of the Children: How to Share your Children with your Ex-spouse in Spite of your Anger_ (paperback, $10.95) [OOP; try your library or perhaps amazon]
Very important for any divorced or divorcing parent to read. (from a post)

Melinda Blau: "How to coparent, after divorce"
A very good [book]....Might provide an excellent start. I think this is the correct title. But look under author's name. It's fairly new book with lots of facts, research, and how to. --Salim Khan[from a post]

Melinda Blau: Families Apart : Ten Keys to Successful Co-Parenting. 1995. [sources incl. amazon]

Pregnant While You Work [OOP; try your library or amazon]
One I really liked was called "Pregnant While You Work." I dealt mostly with the social and practical issues pregancy--dealing with bosses, co-workers, insurance, looking professional in maternity clothes, deciding when a job change is necessary, etc. I found it very reassuring because even though my principal and fellow teachers are very supportive (A good friend had a baby last year, so I got to observe reactions before experiencing them), there are a lot of practical concerns about getting the job done and taking care of yourself properly. Also, this is the only pregnancy book I've read that doesn't assume you can lie down for a nap whenever you don't feel good (as if mothers home with children have that option either). -- Debra Thorpe [posted]

Arlene R. Cardozo : "Sequencing" [sources incl. amazon]
I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about trying full-time motherhood or is making the transition to full-time motherhood or the transition back to work. There's also plentlly of thoughtful insights for those of us who are fairly entrenched as full-time mothers - I felt it gave me a real boost and helped to bring together some of the thoughts I've had about my role.

Pamela Lach: "You Can Go Home Again" [OOP; try your library or amazon]
Another good book, mostly of interest to those thinking about quitting work or just beginning the transition. Probably not of too much interest to anyone beyod the transition stage, but lots of tips on time management, financial management, goal setting, taking care of yourself, etc.

Sandra Scarr: MOTHER CARE/OTHER CARE. ISBN 0-465-04734-3. [OOP; try your library or amazon]
Got this book from the library. Don't know if it's in PB and don't know how it costs. This book will give great comfort and aid to the working mother. Contextualizes the pressures on mothers to stay at home and raise their children and systematically goes through the research on care for children outside the home. Reassuring for working moms.

Arlie Russell Hochschild: The Second Shift : working parents and the revolution at home. (Viking, 1989). [sources incl. amazon]
Another good book for any couples is [this one]}. This is not specifically on the topic of becoming parents, but we found it really useful in making ourselves aware of issues that will come up, especially when children enter the picture.

My Mom Worked and I Turned out Okay! 1992 or 1993; hardcover. $16. [sources incl. amazon]
I saw a review of this in the paper. It's full of stories collected from many adults whose moms worked when they were children, generally as professionals; the reviewer suggested it would be less useful for women in blue-collar jobs. Has anybody out there read this yet? Supposed to be great against excessive guilt. --Paula Burch

Bibliographies: WOH or SAH

A bibliography on resources for women who are not employed outside the home can be requested from Colleen Porter at, or accessed via the world wide web at

From: Jane Marcus [posted]
Bibliography: women who work outside the home


"Working Mother"

"Family Fun"

books and articles

Sirjay Sandar, "The Working Mother, The Caring Parent"

"My Mother Worked And I Came Out Okay"

"Working and Caring" by Brazelton.

Morrone: Pregnant While You Work (1984, Berkley; 0-425-08538-4)

"Sequencing" (author?)

_The Working Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding_ (maybe not the exact title) by Nancy Dana and Anne Price


WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES, by Faye J. Crosby. NY: Free Press, 1991.


WOMEN'S TWO ROLES: A CONTEMPORARY DILEMMA, by Phyllis Moen. Auburn House, 1992.


FINDING SOLUTIONS, by Deborah J. Swiss and Judith P. Walker. Wiley, 1993.

(From a bibliography compiled by Marge Karsten, University of Wisconsin-Platteville:)

Baron, A. Sept./Oct. 1987. Working partners: career committed mothers and their husbands. BUSINESS HORIZONS, 45-50.

Friedman, D. 1990. Work and family: the new strategic plan. HUMAN RESOURCE PLANNING. 13(2): 79-90.

Hall, D. Winter 1990. Promoting work/family balance: an organization-change approach. ORGANIZATIONAL DYNAMICS, 18: 4-18.

Hall, D. & Richter, J. 1988. Balancing work life and home life: what can organizations do to help? ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT EXECUTIVE, 2: 213-223.

Martinez, M. 1993. Family support makes business sense. HRMAGAZINE, 38: 38-43.

Mason, J. 1993, Feb. Work-family issues go global. MANAGEMENT REVIEW. p. 9.

McIntosh, S. 1993. Fast-trackers hone family skills. HRMAGAZINE, 38: 44+.

Ritter, A. March 1990. Dependent care proves profitable. PERSONNEL, 12-16.

Schneer, J. & Reitman, F. 1993. Effects of alternate family structures on managerial career paths. ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 36(3):830-843.

Smith, M. Jan. 1990. Fighting to have it all. MONEY, 130-135.

Stoner, C. & Hartman, R. May/June 1990. Family responsibilities and career progress: the good, the bad, and the ugly. BUSINESS HORIZONS, 7-14.

Trost, C. & Hymowitz, C. 18 June 1990. Careers start giving in to family needs. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, B1, B5. What do employees really want? July/Aug. 1990. ACROSS THE BOARD, 14-21.

Wilson, M., Tolson, T., Hinton, I & Kiernan, M. 1990. Flexibility and sharing of childcare duties in black families. SEX ROLES, 408-423.

Yalow, E. June 1990. Corporate child care helps recruit and retain workers. PERSONNEL JOURNAL, 48-54.

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